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Efforts to Improve the Quality of Vocational Educationin Secondary Schools: Impact of Federal and StatePolicies
Cathleen Stasz*Susan Bodilly*With the Assistance of Sarah Remes*Tammi Oyadomari-Chun*Daniel McCaffrey*Tessa Kaganoff*Dionne Barnes**RAND CorporationJune 2004Prepared for the National Assessment of Vocational Education,U.S. Department of EducationED-00-C0-0002
 
 
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Contents
Tables.............................................................................................................................................ix
 
Acronyms......................................................................................................................................xii
 
Preface..........................................................................................................................................xiii
 
Acknowledgments......................................................................................................................xiv
 
Executive Summary....................................................................................................................xv
 
Study Questions...................................................................................................................xiv
 
Approach and Methods......................................................................................................xvi
 
Reactions to Perkins III Specifications.............................................................................xvii
 
The State Context for Efforts to Improve Vocational Education...................................xix
 
State and Local Efforts to Improve the Quality of Vocational Education....................xxi
 
Impact of Tech-Prep and Related Federal Policies.......................................................xxiv
 
Conclusions and Implications.........................................................................................xxiv
 
General Conclusions.........................................................................................................xxvi
 
1. Introduction............................................................................................................................1
 
The Changing Federal Role in Vocational Education........................................................1
 
Study Questions......................................................................................................................7
 
Methods...................................................................................................................................8
 
Limitations of the Study........................................................................................................9
 
Roadmap for This Report......................................................................................................9
 
2. Study Approach and Methods...........................................................................................11
 
Case Studies..........................................................................................................................11
 
Sample Selection..............................................................................................................11
 
Development of Quality Indicators..............................................................................13
 
Instruments......................................................................................................................16
 
Procedures........................................................................................................................16
 
Case-study Data Analysis..............................................................................................18
 
Analysis of High-Achieving and Low-Achieving Schools........................................19
 
Teacher Survey.....................................................................................................................20
 
Sampling Frame...............................................................................................................20
 
Design and Development...............................................................................................21
 
Survey Administration...................................................................................................22
 
Survey Data Analysis......................................................................................................22
 
3. Reactions to Perkins III Specifications: Funding, Accountability and SpecialPopulations............................................................................................................................25
 
Perkins Funding...................................................................................................................25
 
State Uses of Funds.........................................................................................................27
 
Local Uses of Funds........................................................................................................29
 
Perkins Accountability Requirements...............................................................................32
 
Vocational Education for Special Populations.................................................................36
 
Impact of Changes in Set-Asides and Assessment.....................................................37
 
Conclusions...........................................................................................................................46
 

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